17 September 2008
Council prosecuted for refuse truck death
North Tyneside council was bound over for sentencing following the successful prosecution of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a man was fatally injured by a refuse truck.
The council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 during a hearing at North Tyneside magistrates' court.
In May 2006, Brian Kindred, a member of the public, was struck by a refuse truck as it was reversing near his home in Allanville, Camperdown.
According to Stephen Britton, a HSE inspector, the safety management procedures put in place by the council were "not adequate" and training did not cover guiding vehicles.
He said: "Had the council followed the simple and straightforward control measures that have been specifically designed for the waste and recycling industry - such as training their operators to warn the driver about pedestrians walking close to the vehicle - Mr Kindred would not have died."
The HSE has published a ten-point checklist as guidelines for employers to reduce the risks posed by vehicles in the workplace.